Rock 'n' roll legend David Bowie dies at 69

Davie Bowie on the album cover of <i>Heroes</i>

Davie Bowie on the album cover of Heroes

David Bowie — a towering icon in music history — is dead, his representative told Hollywood Reporter early Monday. The 69-year-old English musician died peacefully surrounded by his family after an 18-month battle with cancer, according to the official Bowie Facebook page. The news was also confirmed on Twitter by Bowie's son, Duncan Jones. 

Bowie, an almost mythic pop-culture force, mastered a litany of genres throughout his chameleonic career, including rock, glam rock, art rock, pop, soul, punk, electronica, and more. His influence is incalculable.

The London-born music legend's classic 1972 album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, introduced the world to his titular/androgynous alter ego. The Thin White Duke, another of his personas, would arrive years later.

Many of Bowie's other albums — notably Hunky Dory (1971), Young Americans (1975), Station to Station (1976), and Let's Dance (1983) — are considered among the greatest of all time. His 25th full-length release, Blackstar, dropped just last week. 

"He always did what he wanted to do," longtime Bowie producer Tony Visconti wrote Monday on Facebook. "And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was not different from his life — a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift."

Bowie is known for hit songs like "Space Oddity," "Let's Dance," "The Man Who Sold the World," "Changes," "Suffragette City," "Rebel Rebel," "Heroes," "Fame," and many, many more. He also starred in films, including The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) and Labyrinth (1986).

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is survived by his wife, Iman, and children Duncan and Lexi Jones. Bowie will be honored March 31 at New York City's Carnegie Hall with tribute performances from the Roots, the Mountain Goats, Perry Farrell, Cyndi Lauper, and others.
Here's a small sampling of the outpouring of grief from celebrities on Twitter:
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 11, 2016 And here is a GIF of Bowie styles throughout the years. RIP, David.